South African Deputy President calls on Modi

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Pretoria, July 8 (IANS) South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Friday following a lunch hosted by President Jacob Zuma in honour of the visiting dignitary.

“Afternoon engagements begin with a call on by Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President of South Africa,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted along with photographs of the two leaders.

Earlier on Friday, Modi was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Union Buildings here followed by talks between him and President Zuma and delegation-level discussions.

Both sides also signed four agreements, including two on information and communication technology and tourism.

Modi and Zuma are scheduled to attend an India-South Africa business summit later on Friday.

The Prime Minister will then visit the Constitution Hill and the Nelson Foundation in Johannesburg.

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In the evening, he will address an Indian diaspora rally in Johannesburg before leaving for Durban where he has several engagements scheduled for Saturday.

Modi arrived in South Africa from Mozambique on Thursday night on the second leg of his four-nation tour of Africa.

This is his first visit to mainland Africa and is also the first prime ministerial visit from India to South Africa since the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived in 2013 for the G20 summit in Durban.

Apart from Mozambique and South Africa, Modi will also visit Tanzania and Kenya.



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